Friday, April 10, 2015

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog

Friday Focus - Online Safety for Teenagers.
From time to time, I use this blog to address deeper issues in the lives of teen-agers. The following are excerpts from a BlogPost I came across recently.  The author is a caring high school teacher that sees what is going on in the lives of her students.  It is a cry for Parents to be bold when it comes to online safety issues.  
From the lens of your student’s high school Principal, this issue is very real, and has devastating consequences.  We see them first-hand.  This post may come across as offensive or in-your-face, and I recognize this is a tough issue.  But it is important to acknowledge.  If you are ever worried about your own student in this area, please do not hesitate to call our student services dept. at (847) 718-4022

Some Excerpts:  

Teenagers typically do not yet understand the importance of internet safety. Along with the age-old feeling of invulnerability that adolescence has always carried, now there is an unprecedented and intimate access to a world wide community of strangers. So instead of driving too fast or sneaking out at night, your kids might be posting pictures (of themselves) on a website you’ve never heard of to people they’ve never met.

Feelings like insecurity, boredom, even the loneliness of being at home when your friends are all going out – well these feelings are massive to teenagers. A combination of hormones and inexperience create a veritable powder keg of unpredictable behavior. Insecurity might lead to seeking acceptance from strangers by posting a selfie and waiting for people to reblog, like, or comment on it. Boredom might lead to extended conversations online with someone they’ve never met about deeply personal matters.

My success as an adult today can be blamed almost wholly on the fact that my parents were involved in my life.

For the complete blog post:

Another resource:  
“It’s complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens”

BGPA Communication and Link
The next BGPA meeting will be Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 pm in the Community Room.
Don’t forget about our safe and fun Post-Prom event!!  

May 25 Memorial Day - No School
May 31 Commencement Exercises
June 5 Last Day of Classes

Upcoming Dates/ Big Events Semester 2
The Buffalo Grove High School Theater Arts Program presents Avenue Q: School Edition. (Rated PG-13), will be presented in the Theater on Thursday, April 16 at 7:00 pm and on Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 pm.

Avenue Q: School Edition is a puppet-filled comedy that follows a group of 20-somethings seeking their purpose in big-city life. The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, Avenue Q: School Edition is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere.

Tickets are available online at or at the door. Avenue Q: School Edition is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. If you have any questions, please call 847-718-4071.

Back Those Bison - Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the coming week
April 11 Girls Softball vs. Lake Zurich (DH) 11:00 am, Softball Field
April 11 Girls Track Varsity Invite, 12:00 pm, Stadium
April 13 Girls Softball vs. Palatine 4:45 pm, Softball Field
April 13 Girls Water Polo vs. Wheeling, 5:30 pm, Pool
April 13 Girls Soccer vs. Stevenson, 6:00 pm, Stadium
April 14 Boys Volleyball vs. Prospect, 6:00 pm, Gym
April 15 Boys Baseball vs. Wheeling, 4:30 pm, Baseball Field
April 15 Boys Water Polo vs. Hersey, 5:30 pm, Pool
April 15 Girls Soccer vs. Barrington, 6:00 pm, Stadium
April 16 Girls Badminton vs. Wheeling, 4:30 pm, Gym
April 16 Boys Tennis vs. Barrington, 4:30 pm, Tennis Courts

For underlevel and away sporting events and the most current information for B.G. activities, please go to:

Daily Announcements Link
Buffalo Grove High School provides daily announcements to the students to keep them informed of current and upcoming events. To provide you with more information, the Student Announcements are now online. The announcements will be online for 10 days.    

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